PG&E leaves Californians without power

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Chico appears to remain unaffected, the purple spots on the map indicate that the power has been shut of for safety reasons, the screenshot was taken around 9:40 p.m. Photo credit: Julian Mendoza & Photo from PGE Website

Julian Mendoza

As the shutoff of power by PG& E continues, Northern California has been told that they may go without power for days at this point. Chico State hasn’t been affected so far.

Information from PG&E has been limited, At the time of publication PG&E’s website has been delayed or difficult to contact for some people since Wednesday.

According to PG&E, 74% of their customers have had their power restored.

In Butte County, 270,341 PG&E customers were affected by the power being shut off, some of the power has been restored according to Rick Carhart, Public Information Officer at Cal Fire and Butte County Fire Department.

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Chico appears to remain unaffected, the purple spots on the map indicate that the power has been shut of for safety reasons, the screenshot was taken around 9:40 p.m. Photo credit: Julian Mendoza & Photo from PGE Website
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Oroville is affected by the shut offs as seen in the map. Photo credit: Photo from PG&E Website

The PG&E website showed that Paradise and Oroville were affected the most last night. As of the time of this publication PG&E has not responded to comment.

Carhart suggests that generators or any alternate power source have proper clearance around them of 10 feet, are in a well-ventilated area, have undamaged extension cable, are shut off when they are not needed and are monitored by someone when on.

Fire stations around Butte County also remain open during this time.

Julian Mendoza can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @JulianMTheOrion.